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Air Observation Group GAO III/551


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO III / 551 is attached to the Third Army in the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Zone).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO III/551
Commander PALDACCI
Captain BOURSAUS Georges
Juny 5, 1940
Commander MARIAGE Pierre
Juny 6, 1940

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
BERLAND Robert
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Killed on June 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.384 shot down by 6 Me109.
BOURSAUS Georges
Captain
Pilot et Commander of Group
Wounded on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.365 shot down by 7 Me109.
BRAGADIR
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.389 was shot down by 7 Me109. Lieutenant BRAGADIR, unscathed, managed to put his aircraft in the open countryside.
BURCELIN
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.389 was shot down by 7 Me109. The Pilot manages to put his aircraft in the open countryside. Master Corporal BURCELIN is unharmed.
COURMES
Sergeant
Pilot
 
DEBLADIS Roger
Lieutenant
Observer
Seriously wounded on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.365 shot down by 7 Me109.
DE-GINESTET Emeric
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on June 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.384 shot down by 6 Me109.
GIRARD Louis
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Killed on June 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.384 shot down by 6 Me109.
JOST Raymond
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.796 shot down by 5 Me109.
LHOSTE Bernard
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Wounded on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.365 shot down by 7 Me109.
LIEB Georges
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.389 was shot down by 7 Me109. The Pilot manages to put his aircraft in the open countryside. Lieutenant LIEB is seriously injured.
MARIAGE Pierre
Commandant
Commander of Group
NEUVILLE Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Killed on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.796 shot down by 5 Me109.
PALDACCI
Commandant
Commander of Group
QUILICO Adrien
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Killed on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.796 shot down by 5 Me109.
ROSSIGNOL Jean
Captain
Observer
Killed on September 11, 1939 aboard the Mureaux 117 No.70 shot by the Flak in Germany.
SUEUR Jean
Lieutenant
Pilot
Killed on September 11, 1939 aboard the Mureaux 117 No.70 shot by the Flak in Germany.

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
SUEUR Jean
Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 117 N° 70 : shot down by the Flak in Germany on September 11, 1939, his crew is killed
ROSSIGNOL Jean
Captain
Observer
Crew
BRAGADIR
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 389 : Destroyed in air combat on May 15, 1940. Lieutenant LIEB is seriously injured.
LIEB
Lieutenant
Observer
BURCELIN
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
BOURSAUS
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 365 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is wounded, Lieutenant DEBLADIS more seriously.
DEBLADIS
Lieutenant
Observer
LHOSTE
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
NEUVILLE Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 796 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.
JOST Raymond
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
QUILICO Adrien
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
BERLAND Robert
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 384 : Shot down by German fighters on June 13, 1940. The crew is killed.
DE-GINESTET Emeric
Lieutenant
Observer
GIRARD Louis
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Sternay-Wisseppe
September 3, 1939
Senon-Spincourt
September 6, 1939
Chambly
May 12, 1940
Sissonne
May 16, 1940
Sézanne
May 18, 1940
Romilly-sur-Seine
May 19, 1940
Etrépagny
May 23, 1940
Bacqueville
May 27, 1940
Caen-Carpiquet
Juny 7, 1940
Sainte-Croix-Sur-Mer
Juny 13, 1940
Fontenay-le-Comte
Juny 15, 1940
Cazaux
Juny 17, 1940
Perpignan-La-Salanque
Juny 20, 1940
Alger Maison-blanche
Juny 21, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GAO III/551 was equipped since its creation, following aircrafts :

The used aircrafts are described in the accessible file by the link below. You will find N ° of series, Registration, date of affectation to the group, and fate of the plane there.

In this list are identified :

  • 1 Mureaux 117
  • 4 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
8
Captain Jean ROSSIGNOL (Combat)
September 11, 1939
Lieutenant Jean SUEUR (combat)
September 11, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant JOST (Combat)
Juny 5, 1940
Staff-Sergeant NEUVILLE (Combat)
Juny 5, 1940
Sergeant QUILICO (Combat)
Juny 5, 1940
Lieutenant DE-GINESTET (Combat)
Juny 13, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer BERLAND (Combat)
Juny 13, 1940
Staff-Sergeant GIRARD (Combat)
Juny 13, 1940
Crewmen injured
4
Lieutenant LIEB (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Lieutenant DEBLADIS (Combat)
Juny 5, 1940
Captain BOURSAUS (Combat)
Juny 5, 1940
Sergeant LHOSTE (Cmbat)
Juny 5, 1940

 

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